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Kent County, Rhode Island

Kent County, Rhode Island
Kent County Courthouse
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Kent County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Map of the United States highlighting Rhode Island
Rhode Island's location in the U.S.
Founded June 11, 1750
Seat East Greenwich
Largest city Warwick
 • Total 188 sq mi (487 km2)
 • Land 169 sq mi (438 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 10%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 165,128
 • Density 986/sq mi (381/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,158.[1] The county was formed in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County.[2] It was named after the county of Kent, in England.[3] Kent County, like other counties in Rhode Island, no longer has governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries).

Kent County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (490 km2), of which 169 square miles (440 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (10%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 167,090 people, 67,320 households, and 44,969 families residing in the county. The population density was 982 people per square mile (379/km²). There were 70,365 housing units at an average density of 414 per square mile (160/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.54% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of Italian, 18.9% Irish, 11.1% English, 10.1% French, 6.1% French Canadian and 6.1% Portuguese ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.0% spoke English, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% French, 1.4% Portuguese and 1.1% Italian as their first language.

There were 67,320 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,617, and the median income for a family was $57,491. Males had a median income of $40,052 versus $29,130 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,833. About 4.80% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.


Map of Kent County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rhode Island: Individual County Chronologies". Rhode Island Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 173. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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